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Vaccine Passports

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Vaccine Passports:


Several types of coronavirus vaccination records, sometimes called “vaccine passports,” already exist, in paper and digital form. Hundreds of airlines, governments and other organizations are experimenting with them.

What is a “vaccine passport?”

It is an electronic record of vaccination, possibly in the form of a QR code, that is easily accessible through a smartphone or possibly stored on the device, though it could also be printed out. It is mostly used for International travel.

  • In February 2021, Israel became the first country to introduce a certification system that allows those who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 to access certain facilities and events.

Challenges and criticisms:

  • World Health Organisation (WHO) is against the introduction of Covid-19 vaccination proofs as a requirement for international travel.
  • There are still critical unknown facts regarding the efficacy of vaccination in reducing transmission.
  • There is also the lack of uniformity across jurisdictions in requirement and issuance of proofs of vaccination.
  • Preferential vaccination of travellers could result in inadequate supplies of vaccines for priority populations considered at high risk of severe Covid-19 disease.
  • There is a possibility that they would be used by authorities to track the movement of their holders. This may give rise to privacy concerns.

Sources: Indian Express.